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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do I find a contractor to build a deck?

First, conduct an online search so you can see a list of the best deck contractors in your area. This makes it easy to compare the top-rated pros, and you can quickly view their ratings. 

Next, click on several contractors’ profiles so you can read their customer reviews and view photos of decks the pros have completed. When reading the reviews, look for information that highlights the contractors’ quality of work, their ability to build the deck on time and their pricing methods. As you’re looking at the before-and-after photos of completed decks, pay attention to the craftsmanship, materials and style so you can get a sense of the contractors’ skills and experience.

After identifying several deck contractors who seem capable of building your deck, look into their credentials. Confirm the requirements in your state and city, and try to verify the pros’ licenses online. Or, you can ask the contractors to provide you with an overview of their credentials.  

Your last step: start asking for free estimates from several contractors. Give them as many details about your project as possible so the pros can give you an accurate estimate. What type of material do you want for your deck? How big will it be? Where should it be built — your front yard or backyard? When do you need it built?

Make your final decision after comparing quotes and analyzing the research you’ve conducted. Ultimately, you should pick a contractor who has experience building your desired deck, the necessary qualifications, mostly positive reviews and fair pricing.

How much does it cost to build a deck?

The cost of building a new deck or porch is $1,500. However, this price can vary depending on a few different factors. The square footage of the space, the type of materials to be used, the intricacy of the project and your specific region can cause the price to fluctuate. To find out how much your new deck will cost, get free estimates from the best deck contractors near you.

For more information, read “How much does it cost to build a deck or porch?

Does a deck increase home value?

A back deck may (or may not) increase your home’s value or attract potential buyers if you’re looking to sell. According to the Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features, a new wood deck with an estimated construction cost of $10,000 recovered $8,000 for the overall recovery of 80%. Still, 9% of realtors suggested that home sellers should add a new wood deck before putting their home on the market, and 4% said this project has helped closed deals. 

The impact of adding a new deck will likely depend on its material (wood, composite, etc.) and where you live. For example, if you live in an area where people rarely spend time outside because of the weather, it’s reasonable to predict that prospective home buyers might not rate a deck highly on their list of must-haves when looking for a new home.  

When in doubt, consult with your realtor or a real estate expert to figure out if adding a new deck to your home is the right move to increase your home’s value. If it is, contact the best deck contractors near you to get free estimates and start planning your project.  

Who is a carpenter and what do they do?

Carpenters are skilled craftsmen who build things out of wood. Depending on what the carpenter builds, they may be referred to by various names. A framer is a carpenter who puts up the framing on a house. A trim or finish carpenter installs the finishing touches of prefabricated or custom trim and detail work once a house has been built and the walls are up. A furniture maker or woodworker builds furniture — such as tables, beds and dressers — out of wood. A cabinetmaker is a carpenter who builds custom and semi-custom wood cabinets. If you’re having a home built or remodeled, your general contractor will either provide or subcontract the carpentry work for the framing, cabinets and trim. You can hire a carpenter directly to update the trim in your home, build you a piece of custom furniture, or repair or replace your wood cabinets.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up a consultation or appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic, start by performing an online search for local professionals near you.

Message the contractor, and see if they are willing to set up a video consultation call instead of an in-person site visit. With video chat, the contractor may be able to assess the scale of the project, give you better information on what needs to be done and perhaps provide an estimate. Be sure to discuss virtual payments, as well as general strategies for staying safe.

What should I ask a deck contractor?

One of the first questions you should ask is whether the contractor has the proper license or insurance. To be a licensed contractor in many states, they must have the experience and knowledge to pass the requirements from your state’s licensing board. 

You should also inquire if they have done work related to your specific project. Just because they’re a contractor, that doesn’t mean they’ve built a deck or an addition like yours. Ask for photographs of decks they've built in the past, and go online to read reviews from past clients.

You also need to ask for a free estimate from several contractors so you know how much the project will cost you (and so you can pay the best price).

Get started today by contacting the best deck contractors near you

Can I use digital payments to pay for general contractor services?

Currently, many general contractors are using common digital payment services like PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash, Zelle, Google Pay and more. And more will likely adopt these and similar platforms as coronavirus continues to force companies to take on digital capabilities.

Contact general contractors beforehand to discuss whether they accept digital payments, and take all necessary measures to meet social distancing recommendations. You can also compare general contractors side-by-side online to see which ones accept digital payments.

Do general contractors offer remote or virtual services?

General contractors perform manual work and typically need to be present to complete their projects. However, if you come across a profile that states the contractor is offering remote services, ask what those services include. You can also ask if they can perform a consultation via video call and if they can do the job while following guidelines from the CDC and local agencies.

Reviews for Ashburn decking professionals
Nicole N.
They refinished my deck and were able to get it done in a very timely and affordable manner
Integral Home Services LLCIntegral Home Services LLC
Tasha D.
Joe did an incredible job on our 2nd Bathroom remodel! Complete with marble tile, vanity install, texture and paint. Quality job, very responsive to your needs and gets the job done! We’d originally had him out to look at remodeling our outdoor deck and ended up doing our Bathroom! Deck and porch review to come ... as it is the next project for him!
Joe hillJoe hill
Anne-Marie K.
Work on deck and pergola finished in July . As of September Pergola posts are now bowed. Reached out to Nate. He will fix for an additional $450. Worried about the structural integrity so have scheduled for Monday.
Six Arrows Construction and RemodelSix Arrows Construction and Remodel
Sandesh T.
No if and but... he did his work on timely manner and completed the deck as discussed. Also, I have assigned more projects to him because of his work. Once you make a deal with him, he abide by his words and price is fixed from the get go. I liked is work and highly professional.
3R Construction and Remodeling llc3R Construction and Remodeling llc
Kelsey B.
Steer clear of this company, unethical and terrible work that they wont take responsibility for. We wanted to extend our grey porch with additional concrete and was horrified when we saw finished product. We sent photos to our project manager we had been working with who was so great the entire time. I actually feel bad he works for this company. Anyways the owners came out to our house and blamed the poor work on "one of their vendors" For starters I was in contract with "creative quality construction" and was never informed that a random guy named Alex who doesn't "technically" work at their company was going to do the job. Our lawn was so damaged. The owners at the time were very nice and helpful and said they are going to bring in sawed to fix the damages caused and disposed of the trash that was left behind. When the project FINALLY was finished 2 weeks after estimated completion date we noticed a few issued but overall project was okay. The nightmare began after that. I got a call from the owner on Monday when I was in the middle of dealing with a medical issue and the very next day I ended up having a bunch of dental fixed. I had a missed call from him while I was in the dentist for 3 hours! Exactly 4 hours later I get text from him saying he is putting a lien on my home if he doesn't get final payment! For starters I never received an invoice, follow up call NOTHING just a threat. After I sent him a picture of the check I was sending he sent text stating "I added" $1000 of extra work, that they laid sawed even thought they don't normally do that even thought they were the ones who ruined it. Also stated that I added color to my existing deck... no when we signed my deck was already textured and painted grey. My contract states TOO MATCH and the guy I signed my contract with confirmed the texture and color will match my existing deck. He proceeded to tell me I need the money more than they do so I can I can keep my "$1000 and hope I give 10% of it to god because I will need it" Any one who knows me knows I am a very religious person and for a company owner to poke fun at my beliefs crossed a line with me.
Creative Quality ConstructionCreative Quality Construction
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